There are 195 countries splattered across this gorgeous planet of ours, each of them offering their very own experiences, their own nuances, quirks, vistas, cultures, languages, foods and experiences. Yet the list of must-visit countries is tried, tested and, dare we say, tired. Paris, New Zealand, Tokyo, Mexico, New York and Italy.
The world is bigger than these tourist-trapping hotspots. That isn’t to say these places are breathtaking. They are. But the real travel euphoria is found off the beaten track, in the adventures rarely whispered about and the countries that are all too often overlooked. Until now.
Read on to see our list of most underrated countries that you need to add to the top of your bucket list. That’s right. Get out your Tip-Ex, cross out all those cliched names, wait for it to dry and start over with this gorgeous locations.
Where do we start with Bolivia? Laguna Colorada, a blood red salt lake that is more sinister than an episode of Game of Thrones? The plethora of rumbling volcanoes that stretch across the horizon? The Salar de Uyuni salt flat, the world’s largest natural mirror that reflects the heavens all year around? Or maybe Sucre, the most picturesque capital you will have ever seen, no matter how addicted to Instagram you are. Yeah, Bolivia needs to be on your list.
No matter how rich Africa is in terms of beauty, landscapes and adventure, we cannot understand how this strip of coast on the east gets overlooked by most, with only the most adventurous daring to cross the border. This country is a plethora of world-famous dive spots, idyllic beaches, snorkelling and swimming. This is a place no other as Nationalgeographic.com will attest. It’s 1500 mile coastline disappearing into the lush jungles and bush, all of it celebrating wildlife and game reserves, the cost of luxury barely enough to blink at. This is the gem of Africa.
Eurasia, in general, remains relatively unventured, but it is Georgia that will snatch your breath like never before. As you will be able to see soon enough on Tourguide.ge, this country offers some of the most staggering landscapes, the rugged mountains disappearing into the magic that is the Black Sea. But it isn’t just nature’s work that makes this place special because the old town of Tbilisi and the harbour of Batumi will both leave you wanting more. Trust us on that.
How this has remained one of Europe’s less known and less visited countries is beyond us because it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, offering the kind of landscapes, lakes and castles that will have you believing in fairy tales again. It is a country speckled with sparkling rivers, mystical lakes, enchanted forests, enchanting castles sat atop of distant hills and charming little towns that make Paris look utterly mundane. The capital, Ljubljana is must-see thanks to landmarks like the Dragon Bridge, but so is the Tivoli park. Basically, a weekend won’t be enough time to do this place justice.